Wahconah girls head to WMass for basketball
DALTON -- Gabby Lavinio's two free throws with seven-tenths of a second left in regulation forced overtime, and Wahconah qualified for the Western Massachusetts Division II tournament with a 61-53 win over Frontier Regional on Saturday.
Lavinio finished with 23 points -- including nine free throws -- and Shannon Lussier added 18 to send the Warriors to their first postseason in two years.
"It's great," said Wahconah coach June Blake. "It's something we've been working toward all year. This is a great accomplishment for our team."
The game was even throughout but the Warriors had to rally from four down in the final 34 seconds of regulation. A Lussier basket gave Wahconah a 55-53 lead they wouldn't give up, holding Frontier to two points after regulation. Maddie Sprague added 11 in the win.
Cathedral 53, Taconic 44
PITTSFIELD -- Despite 16 points and 16 rebounds from Brianna Rogers, the Braves couldn't overcome second-half struggles in the loss.
"I think we got a little sloppy on the defensive end and we really couldn't make a shot," said Taconic coach Matt Mickle. "Nyanna Slaughter's out for the year and it's definitely a struggle not having her points, rebounds and leadership."
Angela O'Neil added 15 points for the Braves. Taconic led by two at the half but gave up 34 points after the break.
Brattleboro (Vt.) 55
PITTSFIELD -- Shaq Ardrey and Trayvon Sims combined to score 29 points as Taconic (11-8) bounced back from Thursday's loss to city rival pittsfield.
"I worry about these games, especially on Saturday afternoons against a team we don't know," said Taconic coach Bill Heaphy. "We're happy with the win. We're not happy with the fourth-quarter execution."
The Braves led 42-30 after three quarters, but the visiting Colonials outscored the Braves by 9 points in the fourth quarter to make the game interesting.
Ardrey had a game-high 17 points an Sims had 12. Butch Elder led Brattleboro with 15 points and Isaac Roach added 14.
Drury 78, Lee 54
NORTH ADAMS -- Drury captured the Gene Wein title, getting 28 points from Nolan Bird to roll past the Wildcats.
Nick Trombley had 12 points for the Blue Devils while Tyler Briggs added 19. Drury scored 22 points or more in each of the first two quarters.
"They played fantastic defense," said Lee coach Dan Korte. "They shot the ball very well. We just didn't respond."
Lee got 19 points from Jake LePrevost while Heamon Williams added 17.
Pittsfield 73, Monument 66
NORTH ADAMS -- Despite trailing by 10 in the second, the Generals scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.
Amancho Adopo led Pittsfield with 26 points while Justin Hopkins added 10 and Ty Discoe had 21.
"We came out a little flat," said Generals coach Steve Ray. "To Monument's credit they played with some good intensity. [We] picked it up though. We changed into the zone, got some steals off of that and turned our defense into offense."
Peter Oggiani led the Spartans with 20 while Taylor White had 11. Exra Marcus and Brandon Curtin had 10 each.
St. Joe 6, Everett 1
PITTSFIELD -- Eric Leitch scored four times and assisted on another goal to lead the Crusaders to the Western Mass. tournament with the win.
"The team was very happy that we achieved that goal," said St. Joe coach Tim Kelly. "[Leitch's] speed definitely made Mount Everett work hard to keep him under control. In between his speed and his teammates working with him he did quite well."
The Crusaders scored the first three goals of the game -- two from Leitch -- before Jacob Malicky got the Eagles on the board in the second period. Leitch would add two more goals to make the margin a comfortable one. Mike Bloom also scored twice for St. Joe.
St. Joseph 2 3 1 -- 6
Everett 0 1 0 -- 1
SJ -- Eric Leitch (Derek Romejko) (PP), 1:11.
SJ -- Mike Bloom (Leitch), 1:56.
SJ -- Leitch (Dan Flynn), 4:02.
E -- Jacob Malicky (David Ibanez, Andrew Joyner) (PP)12:13.
SJ -- Leitch (UA), 13:35.
SJ -- Bloom (Romejko, Lance McColgan), 14:42.
SJ -- Leitch (Mike Moreno), :22.
Goalies -- SJ: Andrew Leitch; E: Henry Beckwidth.
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